This website offers information for women and their partners and health care providers about prenatal genetic screening in British Columbia.
Prenatal screening tells a woman the chance that her baby will be born with Down syndrome, trisomy 18 or an open neural tube defect. The earlier a woman sees her health care provider, the more options she will have.
To find out more about prenatal screening in BC, watch our video for women and their partners.
Prenatal screening is available for all pregnant women in BC, but the decision whether to have screening is a woman’s choice. This screening is a part of the overall prenatal care offered free of charge to all pregnant women in the province.
If you have decided to have prenatal screening, use our pregnancy dating tool to find out when to have your blood drawn.
The BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority’s Perinatal Services BC.